Yankees not extending qualifying offers to Young, Drew and Capuano 12


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While many teams are planning on extending qualifying offers to their free agents, the Yankees instead will stand pat and for the first time since the qualifying offer came to existence, will not offer a qualifying offer to any of their free agents.

Chris Young, Chris Capuano and Stephen Drew all hit the free agent market following the final out of the 2015 World Series, but none of them will receive a $15.8 Million qualifying offer. Both Drew and Capuano both had poor seasons and there was some speculation on whether Young, who hit .252/.320/.453 in 140 games, would get a qualifying offer. Ultimately the Yankees decided against it, which means the Yankees won’t gain a draft pick should another team sign their three free agents.

Drew, while he did provide power by hitting 17 home runs, hit .201/.271/.381 in 131 games. Capuano went 0-4 with a 7.97 ERA in 40.2 innings; he was also designated for assignment four times during the regular season.


12 thoughts on “Yankees not extending qualifying offers to Young, Drew and Capuano

  • Paul

    What a shock.. Now dump Ryan.. Trade Gardener.. Headley.. Nova..and Beltran! Unfortunately stuck with those other bad contracts!

      • Neil

        Also agree 100%. This team has to get younger !! Bring the kids up as fast as possible and dump those contracts if possible. This team has no chance to compete against the royals. Bringing in an outsider to play second base will add nothing to this broken down team. Patience. Bring up a new base of kids and then add as needed. Just like the 90s!

    • Steve

      I'm with you!!!there using there brains for once now get rid of that stiff that can't hit that has a $1000000 option!

  • Terry

    Let's not get carried away with any kind of praise here.None of them are with anywhere close to 15 mill.It's pretty much a no brainier on the QO's

  • tom

    After QO list, I don't see how could Yankees manage to keep draft picks. Price and Zobrist are best options if losing draft pick is a concern.

    Yankees could go ahead and sign Upton, Zimmerman and Chen before they could trade Gardner, Nova, Pineda or Warren for low level or raw prospects that would make up the 2016 missing draft picks. If they don't mind another season with the luxury tax headache.

    Hell, Yankees sit back and count on kids to emerge into weakest spots. Dullest off season.

    • hotdog

      should be an interesting situation when Tex is ready for free agency…he might want to accept a QO which should be somewhere around $16 mil…a lot will depend of Tex's health and output but if we can't trade him, it would be nice to get a 1st round pick for him if he declines a QO and signs elsewhere…teams need offense and although Tex is a year older, the guys a good bat and a solid defender…

      • tom

        Tex would be no longer a proud Yankee if he ever accepted QO. LOL. Weird thing is that QO will be lower than his previous annual salary.

        • Les Schraeder

          I really don't give a damn about the team stepping on his pride. Give him a QO and see what develops. I am so tired of seeing the team catering to its players. I have no empathy for the C.C. situation. It is a shame that MLB protects these players to the level that it does. Any other employer would have fired his fat butt for drinking to the extent that he professed. Pitching with a hangover is not rewarding the team that pays him an exorbitant salary.

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